10 Reasons to Stop Eating Sugar
According to a 2015 report from the University of North Carolina, around 20 percent of Americans eat more than 700 calories in sugar per day, while an average American eats over 300 calories from added sugar daily. Sugar is everywhere- in juices, cakes, pastries, even some dairy products and processed meats. But the harmfulness of sugar goes far beyond too many calories that will get you fat and ruin your good looks but many people don’t actually know why and how sugar is bad for them. Sugar causes an addiction that could be compared with an addiction to drugs, and it can be relatively difficult to stop eating it. However, once you find out why you should, you will hopefully find the determination to cut sugar out of your diet (or at least not eat more than the recommended amount of around 6 teaspoons or less per day). Besides contributing to obesity, rotting your teeth, increasing your risk of developing diabetes and the obvious harmful effects of sugar, these are the dangerous things this sweet killer can do to you.
1. Sugar can cause wrinkles and speed up skin aging
If the promise of losing weight after giving up sugar is not enough to make you want to sacrifice your enjoyment, maybe the wish to look youthful as long as possible will – because eating too much sugar (which is more than 6 tablespoons or 25 grams of it in any form) can lead to your skin becoming wrinkled and lose its smoothness. This happens due to a natural process called glycation in which the sugar from your bloodstream links itself to proteins, leading to a formation of new molecules that are harmful for you and are known as advanced glycation end products.
The more sugar eat, the more these molecules develop, and the more your skin becomes prone to damage. These molecules affect collagen and elastic, meaning that they lead to your skin losing its firmness and elasticity. Your skin could thus become dry and brittle, causing the appearance of wrinkles and sagging. According to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, people around the age of 35 and older who eat excess amounts of sugar see a quick increase of wrinkling. The mentioned molecules also deactivate the body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, causing an increased sensitivity to sun damage.